Friday, May 3, 2013

Original Recipe - Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

This is the shake I make every morning for my husband before he heads off to work. I have it almost every day as well.

I didn't get a couple ingredients in my photo but I included them in  he recipe.

I use a product called PB2, which is a product made from slow roasted peanuts that are pressed to remove the fat and oil which results in a lower calorie product with all the yummy peanut butter flavor and it's all-natural. It has roasted peanuts, sugar and salt. You can get it in jars or in bulk packages of 1 lb.

A two tablespoon serving is 45 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 2 grams fiber, 5 grams carbs, 1 gram sugars, and 5 grams of protein! Compare that to regular JIF peanut butter, which is 190 calories, 16 grams of fat, 2 grams fiber, 6 grams carbs, 2 grams sugars and 7 grams of protein.

However, I use 1 tbsp in this recipe. If you use the recommended ingredients shown here, your shake comes in around 300 calories with 27 grams of protein! (of course it depends on your non-dairy milk calories)

Make sure you freeze some ripe bananas. I usually buy bananas, eat them until they are too ripe and then peel them and toss them in the freezer for smoothies. Using a frozen banana (or any frozen fruit) in a smoothie thickens it up and gives you a nice shake texture!

Westsoy Soy Milk is just soybeans and water so I recommend it over other brands that have added chemicals, sweeteners and fillers.  It's about $2 a carton.  Aldi has great almond milk in sweetened and unsweetened or pick up the silk Pure Almond.

I did research to find the best brown rice protein and I am very happy with the NutriBiotic brand. It's straight up brown rice protein.. nothing added.. not even artificial sweetener! It's also affordable. It comes in plain, vanilla or chocolate. The chocolate has rice syrup in it so I recommend just buying the plain or vanilla and adding your own cocoa or cocoa powder. It is available in a 1 lb container but I buy it in the 3 lb container for less.

You can also use hemp protein powder here or your other fave vegan protein powder. I don't recommend soy isolate tho and keep in mind it may have less protein and more fillers or ingredients. Just be aware.

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Also, iHerb carries the products too, but at a higher price but with the first time customer discount, it might be ok..  New to iHerb? Use coupon code AWE648 for up to $10.00 off your first order.

Lastly, Amazon has the ingredients as well .. and free shipping on $25 so that is an option too! They also also their auto-delivery plan so you could save a little more by setting that up.

The WestSoy website has $1.00 coupon offer. My store carries it for $1.99 so you can probably try it for half price!

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

Serves 1 (I recommend making these one at a time. If  you try to make 2 servings, you'll use more soy milk trying to thin it out .. it gets too thick)

1 cup unsweetened WestSoy Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk, like almond)
I TBSP NutriBiotic Brown Rice Protein powder
1 TBSP Amazing Grass Green Superfood Powder
1 TBSP PB2 powder
1 tsp to 1 TBSP Nutiva Cacao or cocoa powder (this is by taste)
1/2 tsp Maca powder (optional)
1 frozen banana (broken into a few pieces)

Optional: toss in a handful of fresh spinach or 1/2 tsp servings of spirulina, barley grass juice and/or wheatgrass powders to up the nutrients.

Combine ingredients in a high powered blender until completely smooth. If you want it thinned out, add water or more non-dairy milk. Adding additional non-dairy milk will change the calories.

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